Taylor Kitsch Says the 'John Carter' Sequel Had an 'Awesome' Script
This is something we'll probably hear over and over again, at least until Disney (or someone else) gives John Carter of Mars another shot. Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch, who last appeared in Lone Survivor but really hasn't done much since then, spoke to Variety recently (via The Playlist) and at the end chatted briefly about John Carter. I know I'm not the only one who actually enjoyed John Carter and wished there was a sequel, but of course it's unlikely we'll ever see one. In the meantime, we can always start the discussion again with quotes like this until Hollywood takes notice. Kitsch, who plays John Carter, spoke about the sequel's script.
At the beginning, Variety asked him if the "bad press" for the movie was a painful experience. "I mean, look man, it wasn't an uplifting experience. My biggest regret would have been if I didn't do enough personally. If I didn't give it everything I had. If I hadn't prepped enough. I don't have that regret, so that allows me to let go." That's a great attitude to have, and I know I have respect for him for playing the role with vigor, even though it wasn't that well received. When asked if he wishes "there would have been a sequel", Kitsch says:
I miss the family. I miss Andrew Stanton. I know the second script was fucking awesome. We had to plant a grounding, so we could really take off in the second one. The second one was even more emotionally taxing, which was awesome.
That actually sounds about right. The first movie had a big setup, and it needed to focus on introducing us to the story, the conceit of how Carter gets to Mars, and the emotional connection between the two worlds. Once that is established, then they can go wild, and anyone who has read the books or comic books knows there is an endless amount of story material to pull from for more sequels/stories set on Mars (and beyond). Director Andrew Stanton was the showrunner on this, writing the script for the first movie in addition to directing, and it's likely he wrote the sequel, too - which Kitsch calls "fucking awesome". But as of 2012, all hope for a sequel was gone, with Disney admitting an official $200 million loss. It's unlikely we'll ever see it.
Then again, stranger things have happened. And one day, with enough fan support (there was a petition once before), it could happen. Though I'm sure they will throw out Stanton's script that Kitsch is referring to before starting. Do you still want to see a John Carter sequel? Is there any hope it might happen one day?